What Serena Williams' Catsuit Ban Says About Race And Tradition In Tennis


Nothing is going to stop Serena Williams, not even banning her catsuit.

Telling the crowd that her spirit was broken after not saying goodbye to her daughter Olympia before leaving for her match, Williams displayed little appetite for a fight during an uneven opening set until she finally seized control with a break to go 4-3 up. I've seen her at Patrick's [Mouratoglou, Serena's coach] academy a few times, so I kind of knew what to expect tonight.

After the French Tennis Federation banned the wonderful Serena Williams's catsuit at the French Open - saying outfits like hers go "too far" - spectators were curious to see what she would do next. and she came out all guns blazing.

Nonetheless, she made a new fashion statement at the U.S. Open on Monday, wearing a black tutu for her first-round match against Magda Linette.

Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton menswear and Creative Director at Off-White, Virgil Abloh designed a one-shouldered tennis dress with a full-fledged tutu-skirt, paired with compression fishnet tights.

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Talking of barring the outfit choice, Giudicelli told Tennis magazine: "You have to respect the game and the place".

Serena Williams, that catsuit and testing the lines of tennis traditions.

To put the finishing touches on the outstanding outfit, Williams wore NikeCourt Flare trainers and fishnet compression tights, (advanced compression to prevent blood clots was the true objective of the damn catsuit in the first place, but we digress).

And while the French Open might have been "unfair" to Williams, her fans continue to show her love and support. She will next compete at the US Open on Wednesday against Germany's Carina Witthoft. "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe", she said. It really embodies what I always say: "that you can be strong and attractive at the same time".